Smart Plugs – Regular electrical outlets are so yesterday

Smart Plugs – Regular electrical outlets are so yesterday

Why write this post

First of all, this post is all about extensibility and repurposing.  What do I mean by that? Consider that if you wanted to have Smart Lights in your home, one way to do that is to just get Smart Bulbs and plop them in.  Consider that Bulbs have a shorter lifespan and a higher risk of something bad befalling it. I cannot begin to tell you how many times the standing lamps in my living room have been knocked over.  Therefore, if you have standing lamps or desk lamps, you just plug into the wall and the lamp in the Smart Plugs. Problem solved, with often times, less cost.

Purchasing the proper Smart Plugs

Furthermore, the research bears out that for the right value at the right price I opted with the TP-Link HS110 Smart Plug.  This was done mainly because it would work with my Amazon Echo and is Alexa Aware.

Smart Plugs TP Link HS-100
Smart Plugs TP Link HS-100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Especially relevant, I have also heard that is now works with Google Assistant as well, so that’s a plus for being platform agnostic.  Usually you will find these bundled in some sale every few months.  I suggest you wait a few weeks and check again. On one of my purchases, I was able to go to a brick and mortar store and pick up two of them for less than I found online. With that you also get that same day gratification.

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My Feedback

Lets get the negative out of the way first.  The TP-Link HS 100 that I bought is not designed for the typical wall socket, no matter which outlet you choose, basically you will loose access to the other one. Most noteworthy, the HS-105’s are specifically designed to overcome that challenge, that would be the only decision I would reverse with 20:20 hindsight. The rectangular design is perfect because it perfectly aligns with the wall socket.

Smart Plugs TP Link HS-105
Smart Plugs TP Link HS-105

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notwithstanding that critique, I have these plugs all over my house now. I have various standing lamps in multiple rooms all on a schedule and I can also use the Alexa Voice Assistant to control them by voice. Important to note as well that you can manage these remotely as well so if you are away and left the lights on, or probably forgot to make a schedule for an extended stay away from home, you are still in control [assuming you have internet connectivity at home] at any time.

Kasa Smart Phone App for TP-Link
Kasa Smart Phone App for TP-Link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In conclusion, If you want to learn more about Home Automation done frugally, see my post here. Thank you for taking the time, and as usual, please leave comments and/or questions below.

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